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Gilbert and Sullivan Choruses

With a touch of 'Tripping hither tripping thither', with a dash of 'Climbing over rocky mountain', Aled Jones talks to Simon Butteriss, Natalie Herman and Robin Wilson, about the choral works of Sir Arthur Sullivan, including some jaunty choruses from the popular Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Behold the Lord High Executioner! from The Mikado (1885)

    Performer: Chorus of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royston Nash (conductor)

    • London 4251902.
    • 8.
  • Percy Grainger

    Brigg Fair

    Performer: Mark Padmore (tenor), Joyful Company of Singers, Richard Hickox (conductor)

    • Chandos CHAN9499.
    • 7.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Three little maids from school, from The Mikado (1885)

    Performer: Lesley Garrett (soprano), Jean Rigby (mezzo-soprano), Susan Bullock (soprano), English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Peter Robinson (conductor)

    • TER Classics CDTER1121.
    • 8.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    What shall I do - Climbing over rocky mountain – Stop ladies, pray – Oh, is there not one

    Performer: Elsie Morison (soprano), Heather Harper (soprano), Marjorie Thomas (contralto), Richard Lewis (tenor), Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, Pro Arte Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

    • EMI 7644092.
    • 6 to 10.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Sir Arthur Sullivan - Over the bright blue sea/Sir Joseph's barge is seen & Now give thr

    Performer: Gaynor Keeble (soprano), Tom McVeigh (baritone), Gordon Sandison (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of the D’Oyly Catre Opera, John Owen Edwards (conductor)

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Dance the cachucha, fandango, bolero, from The Gondoliers (1889)

    Performer: The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, New Symphony Orchestra of London, Isidore Godfrey (conductor)

    • Decca 4300952.
    • 20.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Te Deum Laudemus (1900)

    Performer: The Britten-Pears Chamber Choir, Ben Lees, Paul Mayes (trumpets), Philip Woods, Andrew Sutton (horns), Martin Kennedy, Stuart Dunn, William Mee (trombones), Greg Macnevin (tuba), Wallace Ruby (percussion), David Price (organ), Paul Trepte (conductor)

    • CANTORIS CRCD2368.
    • 10.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Tripping hither, tripping thither – The lady of my love has caught me – Go away madam – Oh

    Performer: Yvonne Patrick (soprano), Madeleine Mitchell (soprano), Elizabeth Woollett (soprano), Jill Pert (mezzo-soprano), Philip Creasy (tenor), Richard Stuart (baritone), Philip Blake-Jones (baritone), Lawrence Richard (bass), Chorus and Orchestra of the D’Oyly Carte Opera, John Pryce-Jones (conductor)

    • TER Classics CDTER1188.
    • 17 to 22.
  • Dame Ethel Smyth

    Kyrie eleison, from the Mass in D

    Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle (conductor)

    • EMI 5674262.
    • 1.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Long Day Closes, from Seven Partsongs (1868)

    Performer: The King’s Singers

    • Signum Classics SIGCD147.
    • 19.

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